This past weekend, my friends and I took a trip to New York City! It’s been a while since I’ve been to NYC, and it was amazing to be able to experience the city for a few days. Of course, while we were there, we spent a long time seeing and experiencing art. NYC has so many resources when it comes to the art world. There are so many museums to visit, big and small, and, during our weekend stay, we visited two of them.
The first was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a student, it is recommended that you pay $12 as admission; however, you’re free to pay however much you have or can. The museum itself is mind blowing and beautiful. Some of the rooms are enormous, with high ceilings and intricate decoration, and that’s without even mentioning how much incredible art lives there. Their permanent collection is HUGE, and, even though we were there for hours, we didn’t even make a dent in the collection. If you ever make a trip there, check out the sculpture galleries and the Met’s enormous collection of artifacts– the Egyptian room, especially!
After taking a quick break for lunch, we headed to the MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art. I’d never been to this museum before and, as an avid fan of all things contemporary art, I was really excited to see it. (Also, a few semesters ago, I designed a brochure for MoMA!). I think, of all the places we visited this weekend, MoMA was my favorite. There are so many amazing pieces of work to see here– we saw a whole room filled with Andy Warhols, two or three Pollocks, Van Gogh, Monet, and a Gustav Klimt, among so many others. In almost every room we were in, I could recognize one or two pieces, either from my general knowledge or from an art history class I’d taken along the way. It’s so important to experience art, not just learn about it in a classroom, so, if you’re looking to see some amazing modern art, the MoMA is definitely the way to go. Admission is $14 with a student ID.